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Printers, engravers and publishers of 12 Smithford Street, Coventry and Fleet Street, London.(1884)
of 20 Tudor St., E.C.
Mr Iliffe founded a stationery business which later expanded into wallpaper and printing.
1868 W. Iliffe of 12 Smithford Street, Coventry advertised as a stationer
This venture's early success ensured that the Iliffes soon became pillars of the local community.
Iliffe's son, William, saw that late Victorian Coventry was at the heart of a revolution in engineering, and thus the ideal place from which to pioneer specialist transport magazines intended for a mass market.
1878 Published The Cyclist, which was so successful that it absorbed two rivals and moved to London as Bicycling News.
1879 Relaunched a moribund weekly, the Coventry Times
By 1881 William Iliffe senior had retired from the business
1884 The company was Iliffe and Son (see advert). Iliffe and Dawson, newspaper proprietors, were at a neighbouring address.
1891 Secured control of the Midland Daily Telegraph.
Company Listed as Iliffe and Son prior to 1898.
1900 Exhibitor at Stanley Cycle Show: Iliffe, Sons and Sturmey Ltd., 3, St. Bride Street, E.C. "This firm have the latest issues of The Autocar and other publications of interest to the automobilist, such as Motor Cycles, On an Autocar through the Length and Breadth of the Land, Horseless Vehicles, Petroleum Motor Cars by Louis Lockert, and Lacy Hillier's cycle and motor novel, The Potterers' Club."
1903 Exhibitor at Motor Show.